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What condition is l-dopa primarily used to treat?

What condition is l-dopa primarily used to treat?

Parkinson’s disease: Levodopa, or L-dopa, is primarily used to treat Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurological movement disorder and is thought to be caused by low levels of a chemical in the brain (or neurotransmitter) called dopamine. Levodopa serves as the brain’s dopamine replacement ...Read more

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, how long will it take for my dopamine levels to become stable on l dopa?

, how long will it take for my dopamine levels to become stable on l dopa?

L-dopa levels: L-dopa comes in short and long acting forms, which last from two to about eight hours. After starting l-dopa therapy, if the doses are taken very regularly, the brain levels will stabilize after four to six weeks, because of the many interacting brain regions that are affected.. ...Read more

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Does dopa mucuna and l dopa cause people to loss weight because they are getting dopamine back that was blocked by antipsychotics?

Does dopa mucuna and l dopa cause people to loss weight because they are getting dopamine back that was blocked by antipsychotics?

WAY oversimplifying: Weight gain with antipsychotics is poorly understood but probably has nothing to do with dopamine. May be 1 or more other receptor types, including histaminic H1, serotonin 2A & 2C, muscarinic M(3), & adrenergic receptors. (Quiz later.) Receptor neurochemistry is INCREDIBLY complex & subtle & messing around out of ignorance with stuff like mucuna after stopping antipsychotics could be risky. ...Read more

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My 70+ old aunt has been diagnosed with parkinson. Is capsule containing 120mg of l-dopa derived from velvet beans ok to start for parkinson?

My 70+ old aunt has been diagnosed with parkinson. Is capsule containing 120mg of  l-dopa derived from velvet beans ok to start for parkinson?

Why...??: Do you &/or aunt live in nigeria? Is she too poor to afford real drugs? Velvet beans contain lots of substances your aunt shouldn't take. Why do you want your beloved aunt to banana-kick around her dr & use an unprescribed product whose constituents & purity are unregulated? If you don't trust the dr's meds why do you trust the dr's diagnosis? Is this some ayurvedic fancy? Please provide details. ...Read more

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Any ways to prevent shaking taking levodopa (l-dopa) for Parkinson's disease?

Any ways to prevent shaking taking levodopa (l-dopa) for Parkinson's disease?

I think you mean....: I suspect you mean you're on l-dopa, but you're still having tremor. Don't just add more sinemet--instead add Azilect (rasagiline) to boost your natural Dopamine and the Dopamine you get from l-dopa! this helps more fully and consistently suppress tremor, slowness & stiffness! another option would be adding amantidine to l-dopa. This often improves incomplete tremor relief by l-dopa thru glutamate antagonism. ...Read more

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Do you know any ways to prevent vomitting after taking levodopa (l-dopa) for Parkinson's disease?

Do you know any ways to prevent vomitting after taking levodopa (l-dopa) for Parkinson's disease?

See your neurologist: Carbidopa is usually coadministered with levodopa to increase the effective half-life of levodopa. This allows less levodopa to be required, which in turn reduces the nausea/vomiting side effects. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your neurologist in order to review your medications for Parkinson's disease. More information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601068.html ...Read more

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